2.5 hrs

The Art of Childhood: Supporting Development with an Arts-Rich Curriculum

Exploration of art, music, dance, and drama bring us and our children joy. We all know it, but now research confirms and suggests that the arts can bring so much more to children. A recent study showed Head Start children whose daily experience included music, dance, and visual arts demonstrated more cognitive gains overall than children who did not attend an arts-rich program. Equally important, the children also showed greater gains in social/ emotional development as well. Hold on to your paintbrush Picasso; this workshop will review the ECE research emphasizing the importance of arts education for healthy child development. Participants will reflect on their practice and create arts activities that support development across domains, integrating an arts curriculum design.
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Upon enrollment in this training, you will have 2 weeks to complete all course content and submit your evaluation. Once the training is successfully completed, a training certificate will be issued.

25% of this training will address the issues of “diverse learners”

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the importance of arts curriculum in regards to child development across developmental domains
  • Reflect on current practices and approaches to arts curriculum design.
  • Create a plan for implementing an art-rich curriculum in an early childhood environment.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. was established in 2005 to provide professional development and consultation services to early childhood programs and educators. We work collaboratively with programs, educators, and agencies to improve the quality of education and care for young children and families.

IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.

Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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